Tuesday, December 3, 2013
A New Application for BambooAluboo Bikes is using bamboo technology to manufacture bicycles. Their design combines aluminum framing with bamboo shafts. The bikes are partially made from Vietnamese Tam Vong, a fast growing plant known as “iron bamboo,” and one of the strongest bamboos in the world.
Actually a grass, bamboo is perfect for bikes because of its strength, light weight, and rigidity – as well as its excellent shock absorption quality.
On the Green end, bamboo can grow up to three feet per day! All it needs is water, fertile soil, and sunshine. That makes it a viably sustainable product – one that can be naturally and quickly replenished.
Given its versatility and Aluboo’s success, other companies in the bike manufacturing industry are now looking at bamboo as an alternative to fabricated materials.
Consumers are backing the idea too. Aluboo’s Kickstarter.com campaign surpassed their $50,000 fundraising goal to acquire $102,065 in seed capital and helped the company launch a line of accessories.
Take a look at this video to see how a bamboo bicycle is assembled:
Biking for SustainabilityLiving green is an important movement – some would call it a lifestyle. As the earth’s supplies are depleted and environmental concerns continue to emerge, innovative designers are finding new ways to use sustainable materials to manufacture items that you use every day.
Because it can easily and rapidly be regrown, bamboo has long been a symbol of Green living. It is used in many household products, even in clothing. Bamboo bicycles are a perfect way to symbolize the desire of many to curb waste and wise up to environmental concerns.
Biking for HealthPhysical exercise is one of the best ways to ensure good health and build the strength of your bones, heart, muscles, and lungs. Standard advice is to check with your physician before beginning any strenuous physical activity or exercise regimen – but once you have the go-ahead, go ahead!
Biking is a great way to get your lungs pumping. Deep breathing ensures that oxygen reaches the deepest cellular levels, providing nourishment and energy to your body.
Biking is an easy and accessible form of exercise, too. You determine how much energy you want to put into it. You can opt for a leisurely ride in your neighborhood, or you can mount up for a power ride in the mountains.
Just two to four hours of exercise each week can provide crucial health benefits. The bonus is spending time in the great outdoors, away from the confines of your office, the paperwork on your desk, and the stresses and tensions of your everyday life.
Spread the Word about Biking GreenNovember is National Lung Cancer Awareness Month; what better time to spread the word about biking green for lung health? Schedule a get-together or cycling excursion with friends, and share some lung cancer awareness products with the group.
Lung cancer is the most frequently diagnosed form of cancer, affecting both women and men in nearly equal proportions. You don’t have to wait for scientists to find better treatments for cancer. Get out of the house or office and take a Green ride on a bamboo bike. It's eco-friendly and helps maintain strong lungs.
Grab your messenger bag, pack a healthy snack, and go for a ride! Your lungs are counting on you.
Dick Nelson, CEO of MARCO Promotional Products, has worked in the industry for nearly 30 years. Dick has never thought of his work as work, but rather as an intriguing place to spend his working hours. Away from the workplace, he enjoys playing golf, much of the time with his wife, and spending time with his children and grandchildren when he can.
Tuesday, December 3, 2013 by Tech News 24h · 0
Some of the most popular gifts for Christmas are items like diaries, calendars, bottles of wine or food hampers. But in our struggling economy, is hard to justify a gift that disappears in a few hours and leaves only a brief memory about it. Calendars and diaries have a greater value, as they tend to stick around for a longer period of time. But let’s be honest, who uses them anymore, when we all have smartphones, tablets, notebooks or laptops and desktops that do the same thing with higher functionality.
Branded USB flash drivesBranded USB flash drives are a more interesting alternative for today’s highly technological society that we live in. They can imprinted or engraved with your company logo, brand name or a particular message, a Christmas theme can be included in their design, can be purchased with attractive gift boxes and preloaded with your digital data before they are sent away.
Preloaded dataYour preloaded data can contain Christmas greetings or other Christmas message you want to send. Your branded USB memory drives can act just like an electronic Christmas card. You can even add a short movie, a recorded audio message or simply put descriptions or information about your products or services. Your Christmas USB stick will be a “Thank you” sent to your loyal customers or will act like an incentive to potential new ones. Either way, it will be product that will remind the receiver about your business for a very long time and every time it is used.
Branded USB sticks are a more budget efficient incentive than any box of chocolates, case of wine or food basket. They last much longer, they will not disappoint the receiver in any way, plus, they are extremely useful items for any computer user. They are popular giveaways, efficient gifts in any advertising and marketing campaign, not matter the time of the year.
If you decide to use promotional USB flash drives for this Christmas, take their lead times into consideration. From the time you make the order, until they are delivered, it usually takes around 10-14 working days. So make sure not to issue your order too late.If you are interested in buying branded USB sticks you should definetely check USB Company products.
For this time of the year, you might want a more generous printing space for your promotional USB memory drives, which allows you to send a more detailed message. USB Credit Card can be a good choice. But if you want your gift to stand out from the crowd, you can opt for a more customised product like the USB Bespoke or USB People, which can be designed to better suit your needs.
Sunday, December 1, 2013
Whether it's in major motion pictures or just the occasional Air Force commercial, the novelty and utility of a heads-up display has not been lost on most viewers. Once regarded only as an aircraft amenity, many of today's vehicles actually come with their own HUD that can broadcast everything from engine temperature to current speed on the windshield. For those cars without such a device built-in, Garmin has an aftermarket solution that's even more useful.
The Garmin HUD displays speed information on the windshield and accompanies it with projected navigation instructions. Upcoming turns and merges will take center stage, and the driver won't even have to look down or over to make sure they're still on track to make it to their destination on time.
2. Escort Passport MAX
Speed cameras a real downer for motorists with a lead foot, and that's why Escort's Passport MAX detection system is so useful in the car. The small aftermarket device actively monitors for speed cameras and other traps, using a loud audible alert to let motorists know that they're approaching such a device. With its higher rate of accuracy and more advanced warning system, drivers can finally beat the speed camera once and for all.
3. Sony MEX-BT3100U
Older cars shouldn't be left out the picture when it comes to broadcasting calls and songs over a Bluetooth connection. That's where Sony’s MEX-BT3100U head unit comes in. The receiver is designed to work with AM and FM frequencies, but also includes Bluetooth connect support so that it's a bit easier to bring iTunes into late model cars. The receiver boasts legendary Sony sound quality and overall performance as well, making it a no-brainer for drivers with older cars or those that were simply purchased without a more advanced head unit originally.
4. Yada Camera with Mirror Monitor
Plenty of noise has been made about the utility of backup cameras, but most drivers find that it's pretty difficult to integrate these safety enhancers if they haven't already been installed by the car's manufacturer. That's where the Yada Camera comes in. It attaches to the rear of the car just like a traditional backup camera, but it doesn't require the use of a center console display. Instead, the backup camera broadcasts its picture to a small screen located with an included rearview mirror.
Drivers simply replace their original rearview mirror with the one that includes the screen, install the camera, and wire it all up. In a few moments' time, the car's safety has increased and the rearview mirror itself has turned into something worthy of a sci-fi flick.
5. OBDLink MX
Scan Tool's OBDLink MX is a great way to learn more about how a car is performing without heading to a mechanic to understand the details. The system hooks into the car's OBD port and actively monitors everything from engine performance to car pitfalls and potential maintenance concerns. Drivers can then easily monitor that information and take the steps needed to fix or prevent common maintenance issues that might otherwise turn into roadside assistance calls.
Embrace the Future of Driving with Great Gadgetry
Sunday, December 1, 2013 by Tech News 24h · 0
Friday, November 29, 2013
The initial idea was the authors vision of fun, portable and simple vehicle which developed into a project of electric personal commuter. The most important requirement during design phase and also the most demanding to follow, was simplicity of the vehicle itself and all of its components but without negative impact on functionality, robustness and reliability.The second requirement was to include great fun while operating, so the flight-like tilting at turns and some other solutions borrowed from aviation were utilized for that particular purpose.Other important features that came up during the project development phase were the ability to fold as well as customization according to user aspiration.
Official website: http://www.s3tr.hr
Friday, November 29, 2013 by Tech News 24h · 0
The MPG Meter
Mile Per Gallon meters aren’t that new, but with time, they have also suffered improvements, with Scan Gauge II being the most popular model. It now has a smaller size, a larger display, multicolored LED’s to match the interior lightning, data logging, and a full year warranty. It works by telling you the MPG figures that your car is making in real-time as you drive. This means that you can actually see the difference certain situations make in your car’s fuel economy, like stop and go in traffic, how much it consumes going up-hill, in cold / hot weather etc. The average price for an MPG meter is $150.
Solar Power GPS Navigation
Lately, it seems that everything has to be as eco-friendly as possible. So why not make a solar-powered GPS unit? Take the i-Trek Z1 model – it can also be used for hiking, biking and camping, so after you park your car, you can take it with you further on your trip. It also accepts turn by turn software for those of you who like to be told exactly where they need to go. The price for a solar-powered GPS varies from $60 to the hundreds.
Solar Battery Charger
Keeping on the path of solar-powered gadgets, did you think of getting a solar battery charger? It often happens that you have to charge something while driving, so in order not to drain your vehicle’s battery, a separate charger comes into play and the best option is to get a solar one. The prices for these chargers begin from $35.
Mini built-in TVs are becoming a favourite for parents, as they are they allow you to enjoy the ride and not look at the children constantly. Some of the television models you find incorporated in some cars have a better quality than the TV you have at home. They could be 15-inch, flat-screen LCD TVs, built into the back of each front seat. Some expensive cars even offer broadcast TV via an antenna that picks up the local signal.
We all like to listen to music while driving and would rather we had a good sound system. Some even spend thousands of dollars on upgrading their car’s audio system. Car makers took this into consideration when they thought of offering from the start a better audio system that will not take too much from the storage space in your car. For example, Audi offers a Bose surround sound system with 14 speakers, including a subwoofer. There is even a microphone that picks up the noise level in the car so that it can automatically adjust the volume louder to compensate for background noise. Also, Lincoln started incorporating THX-certified, which is movie-theatre quality, audio systems in their cars.
Massage and Climate-controlled Seats
For the last gadget presentation, we thought we would leave you with a nice image and a good idea if you’re feeling stressed. This only goes for the passengers though. Today, there are seats that offer you a shiatsu or a shoulder massage. The backseat of the Lexus LS 600h L includes such a feature. Also, we all know how uncomfortable it is in summer and winter when it’s just too hot or too cold and you either get out of the car completely soaked or you freeze in your seat until the car heats. This goes especially if you have leather upholstery. Wouldn’t it be wonderful to have seats that are ventilated with channels through which air can move, preventing the chair from becoming too hot or too cold? This has also become a regular feature for the interior of new cars.
With years of experience as a car audio specialist Chris is an expert in providing car stereo and video systems, headset monitors, backup cameras and subwoofers. Chris’s passion for audio has been immense and much of his life's work in both audio and consulting for various clients has been in multiple-loop high feedback systems. His author contribution can be seen on Tcacaraudio.
The camera is fully waterproof (and has auto focus), and the whole casing is impervious to micro particles. Plus, the Seals is operational from minus twenty degrees Celsius to plus sixty degrees, so you're not likely to lose functionality, no matter what the weather. It has acoustic noise-cancelling technology, improving receptions, and high performance GPS navigation systems, just in case you do get lost. And it has some added extras, like a pedometer, compass and torch.
It is a touch screen phone, with a 3.5 inch display, but the screen is impact resistant and scratch resistant too. The Micro SD slot lets you add memory up to 32 GB, and there's an SOS rescue feature, just in case. The battery life is pretty stellar, getting around tweenty six hours of talk time and 950 hours of stand-by time per battery charge cycle. The Seals will cost you close to £300.
What the D9 Has Going for It...
The D9 is a nice phone. It's a dual core processor, so it's fast, and it has a massive 8 MP camera as well as a 4.3 inch touch screen. It's fully Bluetooth and WiFi compatible, has a micro USB charger and a double LED flash on the camera, oh, and a front facing camera too. And it has a built in FM radio, which is kind of cool. The battery life is okay, it gets around thirty hours of talk time and 750 hours of standby time per battery charge cycle, which isn't too bad. Things that it doesn't have? Any kind of certification for water, dust, fog, humidity.... It will also cost you around the three hundred pound mark...
Which is Better?
It's got to be the Seals. The D9 is nice, but lacking any kind of certification means that we're just not sure how rugged it is. We prefer the certainty of the Seals.
Phil Turner has a brother in Switzerland who is looking for a tough phone that will not break when he falls off his skis.
Wednesday, November 27, 2013
- Tankbots are available in four different colors (Grey,Blue,Orange,and Green)
- Your desk needs a maze-navigating tank robot
- Advanced optical navigation technology means it steers around obstacles
- Features light-up eyes and robot sounds
- Three modes: touchless navigation, autonomous personality mode, smartphone control
- Compatible with iOS devices and Android devices (2.1 and up)
- Download the free app from the App Store or Android Market
- Insert the DeskPet Universal Remote into your headphone jack to control your TankBot
- Integrated USB flip out connector to recharge using your computer
- Automatic shut-off after 3 minutes of inactivity to conserve battery life
- Batteries: Internal rechargeable battery (40 minutes charge for 15 minutes play time)
- Obstacle Avoidance Mode – uses sensors to avoid barriers in front of it over a couple inches tall. In this mode it can run mazes, etc. It does not, however, sense drop-offs or things in front if it that can flip it over.
- Autonomous Personality Mode – it runs around flashing the lights and making noises. When it gets stuck, it usually either snores or cries.
- Smartphone Control – uses a dongle in the earphone jack and a downloaded free app to control the unit. The controller uses two simple sliders to control each track independently. Note that the receivers are in the front of the unit so it does not respond as well when controlled from behind.
Wednesday, November 27, 2013 by Tech News 24h · 0
Sunday, November 24, 2013
Change can be difficult. We are creatures of habit. Even if it isn’t the best way, we avoid change and prefer what’s familiar. In reality, there are changes that are well worth making, even if there is an awkward adjustment period. Ask anyone starting a running program; it’s always challenging at first. That is the same phenomena some people experience when they first try an ergonomic keyboard. After years of using standard, non-ergonomic designs, non-ergonomic, flat keyboards actually begin to feel right, even if they aren’t as good for us in the long term.
First, it is important to look at why you would want to change? If you are considering an ergonomic keyboard, you likely either are experiencing some of the signs of a repetitive strain injury, want to avoid the likelihood of an injury, or just have a general interest in maintaining proper form and health. If any of these are the case, or you just want to develop healthy work habits, here are some ways to help you adjust to an ergonomic keyboard.
Start SlowlyRome wasn’t built in a day and neither will your ergonomic keyboard feel comfortable in a day. An ergonomic keyboard, while designed to reduce muscle strain, can feel really awkward at first. Sometimes the best way to type doesn’t feel right if you’ve done it the wrong way for so many years. Ease into using the keyboard. Don’t jump right into typing eight hours straight with the new keyboard. Type for 30 minutes a day at first then take a break, come back and type again. You might not type quite as fast at first, but many people say that using an ergonomic keyboard have helped them increase their typing speed in time.
Gradually AdjustErgonomic keyboards are different from traditional keyboards because they are split down the middle with a large space and angled for a more comfortable position. However, there are ergonomic keyboards that allow you to adjust the angle of the split from zero to 30 degrees. By gradually adjusting the angle, these adjustable angle ergonomic keyboards can help make the transition easier.
Just Do ItThe bottom line is that adjusting will take time to fully feel comfortable. Dive in and start using an ergonomic keyboard and before you know it, you’ll never want to go back to a traditional keyboard again.
Brian Michael is a writer and blogger who has covered personal finance, investing, insurance, travel, and sports. When he isn't working his day job in marketing he likes to travel the world with his wife.
Sunday, November 24, 2013 by Tech News 24h · 0
Friday, November 15, 2013
Heavy snow and ice have become all too familiar occurrences in England in recent winters, so it’s best to be prepared for the worst. Roads become slippery and dangerous, and black ice on the road is often difficult to see. Invest in snow socks for your tires, as these will increase your grip and traction. These can be incredibly useful, and possibly life-saving, on roads that haven’t been gritted or used so much that the ice has melted away. Snow socks only take a few seconds to slip onto your car’s tires.
With winter comes poor visibility, so it is important to have top quality spare bulbs in order for you to see the road, but more importantly for other cars to see you. Poor quality or old car lamps may disorientate other drivers as they drive towards you, as they think you are a motorcyclist. As well as this, it greatly reduces what you can see in poor visibility conditions such as heavy rain or snow. Good car bulbs are essential for your safety and the safety of others on the road so it makes sense to have a spare bulb kit in your boot at all times, just in case.
If your car won’t start on a cold morning and needs a bit of a kick, jump leads are very useful to have in your car. If you’re not comfortable doing the jump start yourself, get the person whose car you’re using to help!
The ground can get very messy during winter, what with the sodden ground and brown slush that was once white snow. This is where car mats come in handy as no one wants their car to get messy. Car mats are easy to take out of the car and clean so it is a good idea to deploy them for each seat in the car. After all, who wants dirt trodden into the precious car’s carpet?
In winter weather it can be a good idea to invest in a boot liner for your boot. If you’re throwing dirty things in your boot, such as tires, shoes and tools into your boot, it can quickly become very messy and dirty. However if you get a boot liner, you can throw your dirty walking shoes into the boot without the worry of completely making a mess of it.
If you invest in these car parts and accessories, you’re bound to be well prepared for the weather that winter will throw at you.
Written by John Smyth, who is an avid motor enthusiast and is definitely going to kit out his car for the dangerous, wintery driving conditions.
Friday, November 15, 2013 by Tech News 24h · 0
Monday, November 11, 2013
There are the obvious uses for these drives, like to plug in a portable USB drive like the ones you can buy from usbmakers.com so that you can continue your work on any machine meaning no more late nights at the office or in the University library – you can work on a desktop or laptop at your leisure – and there are also plenty of novelty uses, like plugging in gadgets aimed at office desks to brighten up the day, such as USB foot warmers that are heated using the power from your computer!
There is no doubt that some USB devices are particularly useful, making life simpler for people trying to work on documents or projects and putting a smile on the face of stressed out office workers with looming deadlines; but there are plenty of other devices that make you wonder why manufacturers persist with USB drives in their machines because all they’re good for is plugging in a desktop chess game.
Well I’m in the corner that thinks they’re incredibly useful and practical, helping and entertaining us whenever we need them to, and I’ve got five examples for why:
Monday, November 11, 2013 by Tech News 24h · 0
Monday, November 4, 2013
What the Doro Phone Easy 409s Has to Offer...
Firsly, the Doro is a clamshell design phone. Flip mobile phones have a lot of advantages, one of them being that they're a lot less fragile than touch screen or smart phones. Because the screen and keyboard are protected when the phone is closed, flip phones are more likely to survive being dropped. They get better battery life too. And for older users the convenience of being able to simply open the phone in order to answer a call is much easier than having to search for a call answer button.
The Doro features an extra-large text display as well as bigger buttons, making both the screen and keyboard easy to use. Simple “yes” and “no” buttons allow you to choose menu options, so finding what you want and selecting it is easy too. There's a special loud sound feature, which give calls better sound quality and makes them easier to hear, and the phone is hearing aid compatible as well. The ringer is amplified, and there's a strong vibrate when ringing feature, so calls won't be missed, even if the user is a little hard of hearing. Plus, there's an emergency feature too. The phone can be programmed to call or send a text message with the push of just one emergency button in case something goes wrong and the user needs instant contact. The Doro is simply a great phone for the older market.
Where to Get It...
Several mobile service operators offer the Doro as part of a calling package. Probably the best deal right now is with Tesco Mobile. They allow you to use a pay as you go plan, which means users will know exactly how much they're spending. Plus, if you go for the free credit tariff Tesco will triple your credit on top ups. If you top up more than £15, you can also get free calling minutes or free texting.
Phil Turner has had a couple of flip mobile phones and found them to be perfect for what he needs in a phone.
Monday, November 4, 2013 by Tech News 24h · 0
Friday, October 25, 2013
Motorola MicroTAC 9880X (1989)
In the same year that the Tiananmen Square incident happened and the Berlin Wall fell, phone company Motorola released the MicroTAC 9880X, widely acknowledged as the first truly portable mobile phone. In the past, most cellular phones were installed as car phones because of their chunky size and weight. The MicroTAC changed all that, and in doing so, became the standard and model by which mobile phones were to develop from then on.
BellSouth/IBM Simon Personal Communicator (1993)
Launched almost twenty years ago, the IBM Simon was the first cellular phone to include both telephone and PDA features in one handy device. As arguably the first ever “smart” phone in existence, the IBM Simon allowed users to send and receive emails and faxes, both from typing and handwriting on the screen. It was never widely used, but paved the way for future mobile phone technologies.
Motorola StarTAC (1996)
Remember when flip phones were all the rage in the mid 2000s? The first flip phone ever on the market was in fact the Motorola StarTAC, way back in 1996. The StarTAC sold about 60 million units and appeared in many movies, leading to its cult status. Interesting fact: it was also one of the first cellular phones to introduce vibrate alert as an alternative to sounding a ringtone. Fancy that!
Nokia Communicator 9110 (1996)
1996 also saw the release of the Nokia Communicator 9110, which many experts today dub as the first Nokia smart phone ever made. Indeed, the 9110 was revolutionary, allowing users to Fax, email, send short messages, connect to digital cameras, browse the Web, and containing basic functions of Contacts, Notes, Calculator, and World Time Clock. And you thought it began with the iPhone…
Nokia 6110 (1997)
The Nokia 6110 holds the very special distinction of being the first phone from Nokia with the Snake game pre-installed. Remember Snake? That ever-popular video game became a standard on Nokia mobile phones from 1998, beloved by many. And let’s not forget Memory and Logic, two other pre-loaded games that also evoke fond memories of Nokia today.
Nokia 3310 (2000)
The Nokia 3310 is arguably one of the most well-known phones in the world today, selling 128 million units globally and receiving a cult status big enough to rival that of the iPhone. Back in its day, the 3310 was novel for featuring items such as a calculator, Nokia network monitor, stopwatch, and reminder function. Big fan of the threaded SMS chains on your phone today? They were around on the 3310 too.
Motorola RAZR (2004)
So this isn’t too retro, but we think it’s still worth a mention. In the third quarter of 2004, Motorola released the first phone as part of its RAZR series. The RAZR instantly drew attention for its slim profile and striking, metallic look. Indeed, at the time, it had the thinnest profile of any clamshell phones on the market, making its way onto TV shows such as Lost and Top Gear as an icon in its own right.
Lucy Holmes is a freelance writer who is interested in technology and especially the development of the mobile phone. She’s thankful there’s Flexirent to help her rent the latest phones.
Friday, October 25, 2013 by Tech News 24h · 0